Lakeside students, faculty, and staff came together at last week's annual "Lakeside Versus" assembly to honor the commitment and passion of hundreds of Lakeside students in their co-curricular activities.
"We hold this assembly to honor the time and energy that our students give to their interests that take place outside of the classroom," said Director of Athletics Chris Hartley. "The teams and individuals highlighted today are great examples of why Lakeside is such a special place... They compete against other schools and do so with great talent, great success, and great sportsmanship... We hope today's assembly gives everyone here the opportunity to better understand the multiple talents of our students."
Hartley then turned the podium over to faculty advisors of Lakeside's club teams. Zach Shiner, a faculty advisor for the Chess Team, shared that the team won their ninth consecutive Seattle Metro Chess League Championship and came in second in the 2017 Washington High School State Championship. Sophomore Bryce T. was named the Washington State Chess Champion for 2017. During the assembly, members of the team were in Nashville competing in the United States Chess Federation's Supernationals competition, where they came in second in the nation for the second year in a row. (See more results here.)
James Nau, the faculty advisor for Lakeside's Ethics Bowl teams, recognized students who participated in the 2017 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl at the University of Washington – a unique experience that is both competitive and collaborative.
"An athletic event for the mind," was how faculty advisor Karl Erickson described Knowledge Bowl. For the first time since 2005, Lakeside took home the State Championship trophy. The team also won the Northwest Quiz Bowl title at the University of Washington. (Learn more here.)
Former Lakeside math teacher Dean Ballard spoke about Lakeside's Math Team and Science Bowl. In the Washington Math League's state competition, Lakeside's Math Team finished first in the state by a large margin, with 9th-grader Philip L. taking second place individual, and senior Allen Y. winning first place individual. In the Purple Comet Math Meet, which attracts almost 4000 teams worldwide, a Lakeside team earned an Honorable Mention in the International Small High School division, and finished in first place among high schools in Washington. Ballard also recapped results from the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10 and 12, as well as the American Invitational Math Exam (AIME), as well as Lakesiders' participation in the USA Math Olympiad and USA Junior Math Olympiad. (Read more here.)
Lakeside's Science Bowl Team placed second in the Pacific Northwest Regional Science Bowl. (Learn more here.) And two Lakesiders competed in the USA Physics Olympiad: Carl S. '19 won a silver medal and Sanjay R. '19 won a gold medal, qualifying him as one of 22 semifinalists to train for a spot on the USA National Physics Team.
Finally, Ultimate Frisbee advisor and computer science teacher Lauren Bricker shared the results from the boys and girls seasons. In the fall, Lakeside's boys Ultimate team had an undefeated season. They then went on to win the Seattle Invite (a regional tournament) and Disc NW State Tournament. They were ranked #4 in the country by Ultiworld, one of the major news sources for Ultimate Frisbee.
With the spring season of girls Ultimate still underway, Bricker shared several notable achievements. After winning last year's Disc NW State Tournament, the girls team was ranked #1 in the country by Ultiworld and was invited to the spring 2017 Paideia Cup tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. Although they didn't take home a medal, they won the Spirit Award. (Learn more about the spirit award in Bricker's recent blog.) The same weekend, members of the girls and boys joined forces at the Spring Reign tournament, where they also won the Spirit Award. The girls team recently took second place at the Seattle Invite. They are currently ranked first in the Puget Sound League division and will compete in the Disc NW State Tournament – the quarterfinals take place at Lakeside on Friday, May 19.
Hartley returned to the podium to celebrate the spring athletics teams. Members of each team stood and were recognized by their classmates.
Hartley started the program by recognizing the six seniors who have been named Metro League 101 Scholar-Athletes: Sophie C. (cross country, track and field); Bennett D. (football, basketball, track and field); Abby E. (golf, basketball, and track and field); Ben H. (football, basketball, baseball); Kallin S. (volleyball, basketball); and Gus V. (crew). Students were nominated by their coaches for their outstanding leadership, unwavering good judgment as role models, their service to our community, and their strong performance in the classroom.
Baseball: The team finished the Metro League regular season with a record of 12-3, to finish tied for third place. The team defeated Seattle Prep in the Metro quarterfinals (11-1 in 6 innings); and O'Dea in the semifinals (12-0). At their first Metro championship appearance in school history, the team lost to Eastside Catholic, but the team plays in the first round of the state tournament Saturday, May 20.
Girls Crew: Led by strong leadership from seniors, girls crew has improved throughout the season. The girls quad boat placed second in the Husky Open. The team will cap off their season at the Northwest Regionals, competing for a bid for the national championships in June.
Boys Crew: At the Brentwood Regatta, the varsity athletes in the Scholastic 8 captured third place and a bronze medal, Lakeside's best finish in that event since 2010. The team will cap off their season at the Northwest Championships on May 19, competing for the regional title and a bid for the national championships in June.
Boys Lacrosse: The varsity team finished the season with a 4-7 record, with a highlight being a win against Bainbridge, the first win against that team in two decades.
Girls Lacrosse: The varsity team finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, placing them second in the Independent League. They competed at the playoffs as 8th seed and lost to Lake Sammamish West by one goal. Two players, Lauren C. '20 and Lucy A. '18, earned a spot on Team Washington, and will play in the national tournament at the end of May.
Boys Soccer: The varsity team won its Metro quarterfinal and semifinal games against Roosevelt and Garfield, respectively, but lost to Seattle Prep for the Metro championship. They will be competing in the state tournament starting on May 16.
Boys Tennis: After an undefeated season, the boys team cruised to their sixth consecutive Metro League title. Eight players qualified for districts, and at the Metro League tournament Eli F. '17 and Jason E. '19 won the Metro title for doubles. They'll look to send several players to the state tournament in two weeks.
Girls Tennis: The girls team had an undefeated season, and lost to Holy Names in a closely fought semifinal. At the Metro League tournament, Viv D. '17 was the girls singles champion. They'll look to send several players to the state tournament in two weeks.
Track and Field: The boys and girls track and field teams had a successful regular season. Both teams had an excellent showing at Metros, with 38 student-athletes competing, many of whom will go on to compete in districts beginning May 19, with the state meet happening May 25-27.
In addition to the accomplishments of the spring teams, Hartley recapped some of the major accomplishments of fall and winter teams.
Football: The team was WIAA 3A All Academic State Champions.
Golf: The boys team won the Metro championship; Stephen D. '20 was the medalist in the Metro League and Hayden H. '19 tied for second. Our girls team took second place in Metro with Abby E. '17 as the tournament medalist and Metro League Player of the Year. Players from both teams will be competing in post-season play over the next few weeks.
Girls Swim and Dive: The team dominated for the third year in a row, winning the Metro League championship, the district championship, and the state championship.
Volleyball: For the first time in school history, the team dominated at every level, sweeping the Metro championship, district championship, and state championship.
Finally, Hartley recognized the strength and conditioning program's committed athletes for 2016-2017 – students who demonstrate qualities and characteristics that exude commitment, leadership, and confident competence in the weight room. This year's committed athletes were AJ A. '18, Simon A. '18, Sasha B. '17, Andrew C. '18, Viv D. '17, Bennett D. '17, Polly H. '17, Anna K. '17, Greg S. '17, and Hannah W. '17.
Four Lakeside parents/guardians were recognized for their work on behalf of Lakeside Athletics: Connie Feikes, Marcie Hinthorne, Julie Holter, and Nicole Petersen. "These women are some of Lakeside Athletics biggest fans and are certainly four of our most generous volunteers," said Hartley. He also recognized Lakeside Athletics staff and coaches, a thanks that was echoed by all the students, faculty, and staff in the audience.
Finally, parent Marci Hinthorne was awarded the Harry Swetnam Award, which is given each year to the Lakeside parent or friend who perpetuates the spirit and camaraderie that were so important to the man for whom this award is named. In bestowing the award, Assistant Director of Athletics Travis McClenny said Hinthorne "is there early and late, making sure everything is done behind the scenes... She never asks for anything in return, and we are always appreciative."